Charlottesville's historic downtown mall

Home to the University of Virginia, Charlottesville is a city of nearly 50,000 residents that is known for having one of the country's largest and most successful downtown pedestrian malls.

Looking west on East Main Street near the intersection of East Main and 4th Streets.

The Freedom of Speech Wall.

The Pavilion is an intimate 3,500-seat amphitheater with lawn seating at 700 East Main Street.

The Charlottesville Area Transit’s Downtown Transit Station is adjacent to the Downtown Mall near the intersection of East Main and 7th Streets.

The Charlottesville City Hall building.

A portion of Main Street was originally known as Three Notch’d Road. This was a colonial route that connected Richmond to the Shenandoah Valley.

The intersection of East Main and 5th Streets.

The Nook is a popular long-standing eatery at 415 East Main Street.

Looking west while walking on Main Street.

The intersection of East Main Street and 2nd Street.

The Violet Crown Charlottesville movie cinema at 200 West Main Street.

The Downtown Mall is a perfect example of what The Jaxson promotes as The Three C’s of urban revitalization.

Article by Ennis Davis, AICP. Contact Ennis at